Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ten Thoughts Tuesday 8

TTTThis blog challenge enters it’s eighth week! Another Tuesday and another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. This is going to be a random post as it’s almost midnight!

2. Parenting has changed my conversation.

3. Instead of discussing Italy’s political stalemate, this evening I found myself having an in-depth discussion on society’s messages to our children.

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Exercise Report Card 8: ‘Feeling Fat’

It’s been a busy busy week. Days have been chock-full of appointments, meetings, classes. But there’s no getting away from it – now, when I don’t exercise, I ‘feel fat’. Or maybe ‘bloated’ is a more accurate term (since not exercising for one or two days is hardly going to magically make me fat). Or ‘sluggish’. Or…whatever it is, it sucks.

Monday: no exercise.

Tuesday: 40 minutes Pilates.

Wednesday: no exercise. The ‘fat feeling’ really begins to hit.

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Boys, Body Image and Sexualization

Recently, the subject of raising boys has come to the forefront of my mind. After all, now I have BabyBoy to bring up.

However, with no brothers and relatively few younger male cousins, I am painfully aware that my experience of raising boys has been limited.

So now I’m learning…and the interesting extracts below from Shaping Youth indicate that while objectification of women has been around for what seems like forever, it is now causing more of an issue for men too.

Increasingly, boys’ body image has gotten hammered by PhotoShop assists, iconic “Taylor Lautner abs” and muscular physiques resembling The Incredible Hulk more than healthy fitness, so it’s no surprise that teen boys are joining girls in socioemotional sidewinders impacting their health at ever-earlier ages in adolescence…

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday 7

TTTThis blog challenge keeps on going! Another Tuesday and another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. Oops, almost forgot to write this this week!

2. BabyBoy and BabyGirl seem to be getting one bug after another.

3. I’m hoping it’ll build up their immunity…

4. BabyBoy is going through a super-cute phase of launching himself on me for hugs – love it!

5. ‘Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be’ is such an awesome quote that I’m thinking of having it framed and put up in the nursery.

6. But I’ll delete the word ‘daughter’ so that it can be relevant to BabyBoy as well as BabyGirl.

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Exercise Report Card 7: Guilt Trip and Secrets

This week I have been very aware that taking care of myself takes up time, and this makes me feel guilty. Rationally I know that I need to take care of myself. But without an acute medical reason to exercise / eat well / rest, my emotions tell me that I have no excuse to ‘waste’ time on myself.

Ah, the joy of mummy guilt.

Anyway, here’s this week’s progress:

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Raising sons as daughters?

There’s a lot written about raising strong, independent, educated girls. However, now I have both BabyBoy and BabyGirl. And the article extracted below raises an interesting question – we spend a lot of time raising our daughters to be more ‘like men’, but are there attributes of raising daughters that we are neglecting to pass on to our sons?

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The Grandparent Files: Goldilocks and the Mama Bear

Once upon a time there were two bears: Daddy Bear and Mama Bear. They lived in little house that was not near any woods.

Mama Bear was pregnant with BabyBear 1 and BabyBear 2. The time came for Mama Bear to go to the hospital to give birth. Daddy Bear accompanied Mama Bear and stayed at the hospital with her.

While Mama Bear was in hospital Goldilocks did not appear, but Mother-in-Law Bear and Father-in-Law Bear came to the little house.

There was no porridge to eat, but there were beds to sleep in.

Being modern-day bears, Daddy Bear and Mama Bear shared one bed. It was a little bit firm and a little bit soft. In fact, as the BabyBears were to sleep in their own cots, it was just right.

(There was also a guest bed but Grandma Bear was already installed in it.)

So, just as Goldilocks had once upon a time sampled the Bears’ porridge and beds without so much as a thought, so this time did Mother-in-Law Bear decree that she would sleep in Daddy and Mama Bears’ bed. After all, it wasn’t bring used at that moment and was just right.

(Father-in-Law Bear was relegated to the sofa.)

And just like Goldilocks, Mother-in-Law Bear did not ask permission, or think that poor Mama Bear might want her bed nice and clean when she returned to the little house with the newborn BabyBears.

‘Someone’s been sleeping in my bed’ did not adequately express Mama Bear’s feelings upon finding that her bed had been used, without permission, by someone else, at a particularly vulnerable time.

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday 6

TTTAnother Tuesday and another Ten Thoughts Tuesday post.

Here are this week’s musings:

1. Have left this late – got to be quick as sleep is calling me.

2. One way to diet – get a mouth ulcer. Stops you eating and makes you drink loads of water. Ow.

3. It’s been 20 years since the James Bulger murder.

4. I remember the reports when I was a child myself.

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Exercise Report Card 6: Ouch Continued…

Regular readers may recall that in my initial post setting out my exercise goals I wanted to power walk for 30 minutes four times a week.

As each week has gone past I have power walked, but often mixed it up with Pilates and time on the cross-trainer. And that’s felt good. I’ve felt like I’ve gone beyond my goal, in a way.

Well, this week has been tougher…I’ve had so little energy…

Monday – 30 minutes cross-trainer. Had to force myself to get on it as my left calf is aching. By the evening it is rock solid. Ow.

Tuesday – 30 minutes power walk.

Wednesday – I really have no energy to exercise. As I will find out on Thursday I am my own worst enemy – I have been eating too little.  Continue reading